Eunic Ortiz

Florida State Senate, District 18

Spotlight Candidate

Eunic will be one of the first out lesbian members of the Florida State Senate!

Biography

For nearly 15 years, Eunic Ortiz has advocated for communities through her work in local government and advocacy. As a political organizer, she fights for workers’ rights, affordable health care, LGBTQ+ equality, fully-funded public education, robust environmental protections, criminal justice reform, and protecting Floridians’ right to vote.

Eunic was born in Central Florida and raised in Pinellas County by educators who served in our country’s military. She learned the value of hard work and a great public education early on as a dual graduate of Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg College. A proud Florida Gator, Eunic earned her Bachelors and Master’s degrees from theUniversity of Florida, graduating at the height of the 2008 recession.

As a lesbian, Eunic has spent much of her career fighting for LGBTQ+ rights having founded the Gay Straight Alliance as a student at Tarpon Springs high and establishing a scholarship program that helped low-income LGBTQ+ youth better afford the cost of a college education.

Eunic currently serves on the Tampa Bay Workforce Development Committee, working alongside regional and business leaders to develop and execute a plan addressing Tampa Bay’s growing need for diverse workforce opportunities. During the 2020 elections, Eunic led a team to help pass Amendment 2 – the ballot initiative in Florida that raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Eunic is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida and an active member in the NAACP, Equality Florida, and the Pinellas County Democratic Party.

Pinellas County is at a critical moment that will define our region for generations to come. For too long, our leaders in Tallahassee have been out of touch with the needs of neighbors around our community like affordable housing, protecting our waterways, and smart business growth. Eunic is running for State Senate to represent that community she grew up in, knows, and loves to shake up politics as usual and bring home solutions for all of us, not special interests.When elected, Eunic would be the only Hispanic elected official in Pinellas County and the first openly lesbian state senator in Florida’s history.

When she isn’t out fighting for a better life in Pinellas county, Eunic enjoys paddle boarding and riding her bike on the Pinellas Trail. Eunic currently resides in St. Petersburg with her cats, Mango and Sedona.

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